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Brave Lucy Octave fails to hit high notes and bows out

By John Flack

Published 01/04/2015

Lucy Octave's brave run in the ITF junior world ranking tournament in Malta came to an end yesterday when she made a second round exit.

The talented 17-year-old from Donaghadee had the misfortune to face the second seed, Veronika Erjavec, two years her junior but ranked 367 in the world.

Octave, fresh from her recent Irish National Matchplay triumph, fought hard but was unable to stop the Slovakian from progressing on a 6-2, 6-2 scoreline.

However the reigning Ulster senior champion will move up the world rankings after an excellent display against Russia's Maria Mankova, winning 7-6, 6-4 in the first round earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Windsor's Lydia Kelly, top seeded at the U-18 event at the Brookfield Junior Open, eased into the semi-finals with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Alessandra Magee in Dublin yesterday.

She will meet Shauna Casey in the last four tomorrow.

Rachel McCrum was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Meabh Moore as she swept into the last eight of the under-12 event.

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